This Week's News 13.07.18

And the winners are...

The winners for this year's 'Hair Through the Decades' photographic competition are:

1st place

By Holly Tanner

By Holly Tanner

2nd place

By Emily Singleton

By Emily Singleton

3rd place

By Katelyn Hemmings

By Katelyn Hemming
Remington Harrow


Well done ladies!

Thank you to all those who took part this year. We loved seeing all your creative entries. Looking forward to next year already!

Top tips for recruiting apprentices: engaging schools - Kate Trippick

Where are all the apprentices?

Good question! I'm sure you've all noticed that the usual summer surge of apprentice candidates has been underwhelming this year! Personally, I have only had a few school leavers submit applications though RAA and I have heard from you that salons are not having the usual uptake in walk-in candidates. The government has proclaimed that enrolment in apprenticeships has dropped, so what can we do to attract them through our salon doors? It might be time to have a second look at school engagement!

Macco Hair in West Byfleet noticed this downturn and decided to expand their pre-established relationship with the local school. A few phone calls later and they had the necessary permissions to post fliers in school advertising Work Experience opportunities at the salon. The result has been worth the effort! Macco welcomed five young people to experience the trade over the past three weeks! This success is due to the relationship they have already have with the school and the extra insight to build upon it by posting fliers. Hopefully, these students will come back for training when they leave school!

Remington Harrow in Farnham has also managed to get local students through the salon doors with an After-School Club which is open to Year 11 students. The school advertises the club and supplies a list of interested candidates to the salon. Those attending receive one hour per week of basic hairdressing training after school. A training plan is followed each week and those completing the programme at year's end are offered the opportunity to create a CV and apply for an apprenticeship. In turn, the school regularly asks Remington Harrow to attend Careers Evening to discuss apprenticeships with students and parents! Win - Win!

If you want to engage with your local school, the Department of Education has made it a bit easier! Effective January 2018, they implemented "The Baker Clause" which requires that all state schools and academies grant training providers access to Year 8 -13 students to talk about apprenticeships. This mandate also requires schools to have a Careers Leader to implement this plan. Most schools have Career Fairs and welcome organisations from all sectors to engage with their pupils. As with most things, timing is everything! Autumn term is best to reach upcoming Year 11 leavers due to year-end revision/exams and Summer term is best for Year 10 students who may want to accept work experience. Get in touch with your local school if you are interested in this type of outreach! It might make a difference in the quantity AND quality of your potential apprentices!

End point assessment

Apprentices on the new Hair Professional standard will be taking an end point assessment (EPA). This is when the apprentice is going to need to demonstrate two sides of their personality - interact with their model as they would any other client, but also be ready to answer technical questions about the cut and colour being done and the decisions they are making. We will be sharing what we know about the EPA at the next Partner Salon Network meeting on Monday 8 October being held at the University of Surrey, Guildford.

Hair professional apprenticeships - employers, you can be involved!

With nearly 5,000 starts since they were released in May 2017, the new level 2 hair professional standards are becoming increasingly popular. They are now ranked in the media as the fourth most popular new-style standard after team leaders/supervisors, electricians and customer service. Hellen Ward, chair of the hair professional Trailblazer steering group said: "Thanks to the commitment of the steering group members, we have 'salon ready' industry standards, that meet the needs of employers. We have also developed an innovative advanced level hairdressing standard that allows apprentices to show off their individuality, creativity and flair, which is now going through the final stages of approval." Wendy Cummins, vice chair of the hair professional Trailblazer steering group added: "We're hearing over and over again how difficult it is to recruit 16-year-old school leavers onto apprenticeships. There is stiff competition from other employers and penalties incurred from the benefits system. Having a well-known industry figure like Hellen Ward working on behalf of employers to champion the standards will be a huge benefit in recruiting apprentices into the industry and promoting the standards." The hair professional apprenticeships steering group is looking for like-minded employers to support both the development and implementation of the apprenticeships. If you would to be involved, please contact ofni/fhn/yessiral/enilorac" To find out more about the hair and beauty professional apprenticeship trailblazer standards visit the NHF website www.nhf.info/apprenticeships.

ghd + Lulu Guinness

Every year, ghd support breast cancer awareness through their charitable giving and collaborations and this year is no different. The professional hair brand is collaborating with iconic British brand Lulu Guinness. From the 16 July 2018 the brand is introducing the limited edition ghd x Lulu Guinness collection, featuring Lulu's iconic lip print on the new ghd gold styler and ghd air hairdryer, with £10 from every purchase going to Breast Cancer Now. The long-standing collaboration between ghd and global breast cancer charities has raised more than £10 million over the past 14 years. On the collaboration, Lulu said; "I am thrilled to be a part of the campaign this year and hope that my design helps to raise even move valuable money for charity."

First aid at work - your questions answered

This leaflet answers some basic questions about first-aid provision at work including:

  • What is first aid at work?
  • What is emergency first aid at work?
  • What do first-aid regulations require of me?
  • First-aid box / kit contents
  • What is a first aider?

Download the leaflet here.

Manual handling operations regulations: a brief guide

This leaflet is aimed at managers in small businesses. It explains the problems associated with manual handling and gives guidance on how to deal with them. It offers useful practical advice on reducing the risk of injury from manual handling and will help employers to implement their duties under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

Download the leaflet here.

Congratulations to the following learner who completed her Apprenticeship this week

Tara-Jayne Atkins - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

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